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Rural communities receive a significant boost from The Prince’s Countryside Fund

In June, The #Prince’s Countryside Fund has awarded half a million pounds of grant funding to 26 grassroots, community led projects across the UK, which will benefit people living and working in rural areas.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund awards #grants to local organisations, and since 2010 has distributed over £10 million. The Fund’s mission is to help ensure a vibrant #rural economy with a thriving and resilient #farming sector at its heart, and its grant programme is a major focus of activity to achieve this.

The broad range of successful projects will create locally delivered solutions to the ever pressing challenges facing rural communities – from farmer mental health support in Wales, to rural skills training in the north east, and the creation of rural hubs in Northern Ireland.

The #RuralFour programme supported 13 of these projects with thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Rural Four aims to tackle isolation in rural areas and is funding projects including social hubs in Norfolk and rural transport schemes in Northamptonshire. It is helping rural communities in Norfolk and Cheshire to improve their digital connectivity by installing high speed broadband in a central hub, which is open to all, and to provide digital skills training in Lincolnshire.

Announcing the grant recipients, Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: ‘It is great to see so many organisations coming up with unique ways to combat the challenges that are facing rural communities and to know these projects are key to making a difference. From funding a community brewery in East Anglia, to a mentoring and land access programme for young entrants to agriculture in Northern Ireland – The Prince’s Countryside Fund is committed to improving the quality of life, in all aspects, for all people living and working in our great British countryside.

‘This has been our most competitive round of grant applications in Fund history, with nearly 300 applications requesting £10 million of funding. The applications were all of a very high standard and we are delighted to be working with the 26 successful beneficiaries.’

The Fund will be open again for grant applications in January 2020. More details can be found at

Grants were awarded to the following projects:

Barnard Castle Farmers Market, North Yorkshire

BLS Community Trust, Perthshire, Scotland

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Surrey

Durham Wildlife Trust, Durham

Dry Stone Walling Association, Yorkshire

Groundwork South, Middlesex

Just Farmers, UK wide

National Hedgelaying Society, Lancashire

Plunkett Foundation, England

The Courthouse Kesh Limited, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland 

Tir Dewi, North Wales

Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Northern Ireland

YANA, Norfolk

The following are supported by the Rural Four programme:

Barton Bendish Village Hall, Norfolk

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Northumberland 

Citizens Advice County Durham, County Durham

Daventry Area Community Transport, Northamptonshire

Fenland Association for Community Transport, Cambridgeshire

Great Barrow Community Shop, Cheshire

KPT Development Trust, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Lincs Digital, Lincolnshire

Pumphouse Community Brewery, Essex

Settle Community and Business Hub, North Yorkshire

The Thorold Arms Community Benefit Society, Lincolnshire 

The Borrowdale Institute, Cumbria

Yorkshire Rural Support Network, Yorkshire


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